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Is the mysterious Movie on the Beach event in Dublin really happening?

The event is being advertised on Facebook, but questions have been raised about its authenticity.

movie beach Source: Facebook

A FACEBOOK PAGE for a movie event on a Dublin beach has 41,000 people saying they’ll attend – but questions have arisen about whether it’s actually happening.

The popular Facebook event page has scant information on what’s happening, simply saying:

Movie on the Beach is coming to DUBLIN! Something different, not many tickets available as we don’t want to ruin the concept! The beach will be announced in the coming weeks.

Movie on the Beach Dublin says it is hosting the event on Sunday 2 August at 8pm.

Here’s how many people currently say they plan on attending:

movie going

Movie on the Beach doesn’t have a phone number or website, but its location, according to Facebook, is near Burrow Beach – or Hole in the Wall – and Dollymount Strand:

beach pic

The event page and MOBD Facebook page have both received comments suggesting the event is not real, but the organisers haven’t yet responded to the claims.

One man who claimed his query about the event was deleted from the event page asked why and was told:

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A Movie on the Beach event page has also been set up for Donegal, Cork and Galway.

All events say they’re taking place on the same day.

No one has applied for permission to hold a beach movie event yet

Dublin City Council told TheJournal.ie that any person or group organising an event such as this would need permission from the council.

The council hasn’t received any application for any such event.

They said that a person wanting to hold a movie event on a Dublin beach “definitely would” have to get permission from the council before holding it.

“We are not aware of this event,” said the council of the Facebook event.

Still time to give DCC notice

To hold an outdoor event for fewer than 5,000 people, you would need to submit a detailed event management plan at least two months in advance of the proposed event.

This includes public liability insurance with a specific indemnity for Dublin City Council to the sum of €6.4m, and employers’ liability of €13m, if applicable,

Once the plan is submitted, it is sent to the relevant council departments and statutory agencies, and the applicant is contacted with the feedback.

When the final plan is submitted, a decision notice is granted to either allow or disallow the event.

If Movie on the Beach wanted to hold an event on 2 August, it would need to apply to DCC before 2 June at the latest.

11111222_443736645799259_6456430240771870744_n Source: Facebook

The photograph used on the event page (above) isn’t of a beach in Dublin, but was taken at the Karma Kandara resort in Bali.

The mystery around the event hasn’t put people off saying they’re going to attend, though – over 41,000 and counting say they’re up for going.

With Dun Laoghaire’s urban beach being given the go-ahead, it’s clear that there is an appetite for beach-based events in the east.

Other event organisers such as Happenings and Home Beat have also shown that putting on one-off events in unusual locations can draw in big crowds.

But whether the Movie on the Beach event is going ahead – and where – is not yet clear.

Are you organising a Movie on the Beach event? Get in touch by emailing aoife@thejournal.ie. Hat tip to Daniel Murray.

Read: Dún Laoghaire’s urban beach WILL be going ahead>

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